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Sorensen eyes United return

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Sorensen: Looking for swift return

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Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is hoping he will be fit to face champions Manchester United at the Britannia on Boxing Day.

The shot-stopper had to watch from the stands after injuring a finger in the warm-up prior to Stoke's game against Blackburn in which his side succumbed 3-0.

The loss has left Tony Pulis' side perilously close to the drop zone sitting in 15th place two points off relegation with no wins from their last four league games.

But the former Sunderland keeper is looking to give Pulis a boost ahead of the visit from the newly-crowned world champions.

"The pains were so big that I immediately was clear that I would not be able to play the game," Sorensen told Ekstra Bladet.

"I don't think that anything is broken but just to be safe I will be at the hospital on Monday to get some X-rays done.

"I've had this kind of hand injury before, and so nothing is broken, I hope to play the next game against Manchester United."

Just two days after the United clash Sorensen and his team-mates face a tough test against fellow strugglers West Ham at Upton Park as they look to put some space between themselves and the relegation places.